Thursday, June 19, 2008

Jack Hare, Not Jack Rabbit


If you say Jack Hare to a Texas cowboy, he will laugh at you and then ask if you mean a "jack rabbit." But your name will be the right one, even though every man, woman and child in the land of Lapus callotis calls him a rabbit and shall to the end of time. But whenever or whatever you call him you must do it quickly or he will be out of hearing. Some say the jack hare is all ears, but that is not literally true, for his makeup includes a pair of uncommonly good hind legs also. His ears are from 5 to 6 inches in length, but his hind legs often measure across a township.

In point of size this species has the greatest length of head and body of all the American hares, measuring from 22 to 28 inches, but it is more slenderly built than the polar hare. — St. Nicholas.

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